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Old 02-17-2012, 02:50 PM - Thread Starter
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I have a Sony receiver that will do an A and B zone from the same source. I want to add two more sets of speakers on to this system - all to play the same source. What is the cheapest way to do this? The two sets of speakers already have volume controls built in to the wall.

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Is it set up as Front A/B (any source will play to both A/B) or main zone/Zone 2 (only analog to Zone 2)? To add additional zones playing the same source you can add a multi zone impedance matching speaker selector which are available from 2-8 additional zones.

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How would I know the answer? I know if I play something in 5.1, to get it to go to the other zone, you have to change it to 2 speaker analog output. Which do I have?
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Sounds like the Sony has Zone 2 preouts which must be connected to an external 2CH amp? What model do you have?

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It is the STR DE895. What do you recommend?
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So then the receiver has Front A and Front B speaker posts, both sets sharing the same amp so when you run A+B you're effectively cutting the speaker impedance of the 4 speakers in half, requiring a lot more power then for the same volume level of just 2 speakers. And it doesn't look like there are Zone 2 preouts so your best bet is to get another receiver to power the speakers in those other rooms.

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Old 02-23-2012, 07:32 AM - Thread Starter
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Do you mean replace the Sony? Or just by another amp to power the other zones?
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The Sony is not designed to run multiple zones so I'm suggesting either getting another AVR for those other zones, connecting a separate music source to it, and using the Sony in it's current configuration, or getting a Zone 2 AVR with Zone 2 preouts and use it as your main AVR and connect the preouts to the Sony to power the additional 2 zones.

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Thanks. Appreciate the input
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